Johnstown Residents Urgent!

At a Johnstown Community Association (JCA) meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd, it was confirmed to residents in attendance that the new estate, Toberton Wood (site ref 18/585) has been signed over to Kildare County Council for 100% social housing (49 units) under the Enhanced Long Term Social Housing Leasing Scheme.
The council have entered into a lease agreement for 25 years with the developer, Ardstone Homes.

There has been NO attempt at consultation or communications from the community of Johnstown from either Kildare County Council or Ardstone homes. It would appear it has been a completely underhanded transaction. Toberton Wood’s 49 units puts social housing at approx. 12.5% of the total housing in Johnstown village. Under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, 10% of houses within an estate are obliged to go to social housing. This should equate to 11 units in Ardstone’s two new developments – six in Furness Wood and five in Toberton Wood.

The JCA is supportive of Social Housing and agrees with Government backed documentation that this needs to be integrated in a streamlined way. To be clear, we
support current Government guidelines that say 10% of new private builds should be
reserved for social housing.In addition, site 19/841 which is currently seeking planning permission, has not been confirmed (in writing) that it will be sold as private dwellings. If this were the case then 20% of all housing in Johnstown would be social housing.

In the Social Housing Strategy 2020; Support, Supply and Reform document, it outlines how an integrated approach to social housing is a key factor in the development of such. It states that social housing should be delivered, not by way of large mono-tenure estates, but by ensuring that new social housing is provided in mixed tenure developments,
properly integrated with private residential schemes which will foster sustainable
communities. The above approach appears to be contradictory to what has been planned for Toberton Wood and site 19/841.

Amenities
Johnstown, Co. Kildare is a village of approx. 1,000 people with little-to-no amenities. No schools, no sports pitches or fields, no park or playgrounds, no entertainment, no youth clubs and very little in the way of public transport. Contained within Johnstown is one convenience store and two restaurants. Three units in total for over 1,000 people. Kildare County Development Plan 2017-2023, states; ‘There is a lack of community facilities in the village and new community facilities should be provided in tandem with development’. What facilities are being provided in tandem with these new developments? A small
community like Johnstown with almost zero amenities cannot successfully integrate such large blocks of social housing.

What can you do?
Speed and timing is of the essence. Furness Wood residents have already begun taking action as of September 1st. If you would like to object to the above we would encourage you to:

Local Councillors and TD’s

Councillor Anne Breen annebreen8@gmail.com Labour
Councillor Fintan Brett fintanpbrett@gmail.com Fine Gael
Councillor Bill Clear bill.clear@socialdemocrats.ie Independent
Councillor Carmel Kelly carmelkelly@sallins.org Fianna Fail
Councillor Seamie Moore seamusmoore78@gmail.com Independent
Councillor Evie Sammon eviesammonfg@gmail.com Fine Gael
TD James Lawless james.lawless@oireachtas.ie Fianna Fail

Text Alert Service

New Garda community text alert schemes for Cork with grants ...

There is a hold on the system as the central control has changed and the detail working of same is not yet finalised. Details to follow in coming months.

Community Garda:

In an effort to get back to traditional community policing Liaison Garda will now be assigned to particular areas of the district. Garda Una Ryan is the liaison guard for the Johnstown area. We wish her well as she gets to know her patch.

Communication/Keep informed

The JCA have updated its web site (www.johnstownvillage.org) and are now more active on Facebook so we encourage you to like and follow the page so as to keep up to date.

We are a small group the JCA committee but with BIG plans for our village, as you can see from our current range of activities. So, whether you are a resident or a business in the area who could assist us in part on any project we would be delighted to hear from you. Ideas of involvement are (but not limited to):

  • TY student wishing to do a Community project
  • IT skills
  • Assist with obtaining sponsors for local projects.
  • Help organise or assist us on a Fun Day /Heritage Day/ Tidy Towns.     

We would love to hear from you. Contact the Chairperson Siobhan O’Carroll at chairman@johnstownvillage.org or your area representative.

Johnstown Village Park Project

The Johnstown Community Association has begun talks with Kildare County Council to acquire the old garden centre site in the middle of the village in order to convert it to a public amenity space for use by all of the community.

The site is currently derelict and considered dangerous as well as an eye sore in the middle of the village. Many believe this site would serve the community better as a park/green area/ sports field etc. At the very minimum the clean- up of this site would improve the appearance of our village.

We are in the process of drafting a plan and proposal to put forward to the county council, all feedback and input from the community is welcome.

Please like our page to show support and for update. Get in touch if you would like to get involved or offer expertise in any field.

info@johnstownvillage.org

Welcome to JohnstownVillage.org

A new website coming in 2020

We hope to keep the community updated on various items happening around Johnstown and have a place to archive them.

Please reach out with any information, images or content you would like to update the wider community on. We would love to have a digital archive of photos of years gone by and stories from the area.

Thank you,

Johnstown Residents Association

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